State of the Art refers to the highest level of development in a field. The collection of exercises and phrases contained in this book break the boundaries on Intervallic Improvisation, creating a State of the Art in modern jazz music.
Intervallic Improvisation is characterized by the construction of melodic phrases based upon any kind of intervals and not on a given scale. These intervals are commonly played in a stepwise motion in contraposition with the linear phrasing that was established, and has its basis in Bebop language.
This book is a summary of both exercises and improvisation exercises designed to enhance Intervalic Improvisation. The book covers scales, arpeggios, chromatic exercises and jazz line phrases from transcribed solos. These exercises should be transposed to all twelve (12) keys in order to achieve perfect coordination.
Also included are major, minor and dominant chords, extended to their highest level, scale wise, arpeggios and chromatic passages. There are no key signatures used, only accidentals to keep your reading sharp and your fingers ready.
This project is an extension of a 8 book collection on improvisation by the same author: